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Eight-Year-Old Shot to Death on Sam Houston Parkway Early Saturday

Eight-Year-Old Shot to Death on Sam Houston Parkway Early Saturday
Zach Despart

A young girl was shot and killed early Saturday morning at the intersection of Sam Houston Parkway and Fuqua Street in an incident police have yet to make sense of.

In a statement Saturday afternoon, Houston police said officers have learned two to three vehicles were speeding southbound on Fuqua around 2 a.m. when one of the vehicles, a Pontiac, was hit in the intersection with Sam Houston by a black Honda sedan traveling east on the service road.

Some time after the crash, but before officers arrived, someone opened fire on the Honda, striking eight-year-old DeMaree Atkins, who was riding in the car with her mother.

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Paramedics rushed Atkins to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her mother, whom police did not identify, was uninjured.

Police said a vehicle that fled the scene was described by witnesses only as a dark, four-door sedan.

Police have no motive or suspects in custody for the shooting, and are seeking the public's help. Anyone with information should call homicide detectives at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Police are offering a $5,000 reward leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

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